The salty-sweet combo of pretzels and chocolate make these easy and fun Flower Pretzel Bites a great Springtime treat. These are perfect for Easter, May Day, Mother's Day, and other Spring holidays, and it's a great recipe for kids because they can do the whole thing themselves!
If you are looking for inspiration for more Spring sweets, be sure not to miss my Robin's Egg Easter Cupcakes, Raspberry Pretzel Salad (another great one if you love pretzels!), and Marshmallow Popcorn Balls.
Easy Flower Pretzel Bites
One of my favorite flavor combinations of all time has to be pretzels and chocolate. It's one of those things where the sum is greater than the parts. But the crunch and little bit of salt on the pretzels is magic when paired with sweet, smooth chocolate, whether it's white, dark, or milk chocolate.
These flower pretzel bites actually aren't much different than the pretzel hugs that we make at Christmas, except here we are using white chocolate candy melts in place of Hershey's hugs so that the M&M's have more melted chocolate surface area to stick to. I have no idea where I first saw these fun sweet and salty treats, but they have been floating around on Pinterest for years.
If you love chocolate covered pretzels, another fun recipe that works great and can be made for any holiday are these chocolate covered pretzel rods. Make them with pastel candy melts or Easter-themed sprinkles and voila - you've got an easy spring treat!
My kids (ages 8 & 6) love making flower pretzel bites and it's one of those almost no-bake "recipes" they can make entirely on their own. They enjoy sorting the M&M colors into separate bowls, then arranging the pretzels and white chocolate discs on the baking sheet.
The only part I helped with was popping the trays in and out of the oven and snapping pictures afterwards.
How to make flower pretzel bites
- Preheat oven to 225 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or silpat mat. Not only does this make cleanup easier, but the white chocolate will stick to the baking sheet otherwise and make these really hard to get off otherwise.
- Arrange pretzels on the prepared baking sheet. We prefer to use the butter snaps since they have better surface area for pretzel bites, but twists will work too.
- Place one candy melt on each pretzel. My favorite brand of candy melts are the Ghiradelli ones, which you can find in the baking aisle at your grocery store, but Wilton works just as well and can be found at any craft store.
- Pop in the oven until the chocolate is melted. This is usually between 2-3 minutes and I recommend the shorter amount of time to start out since you don't want to overmelt the white chocolate and have it run down in between the cracks of the pretzels.
- Arrange 7 M&M's on top of each pretzels using the white chocolate as a glue to help them stick. If the white chocolate isn't all the way melted just yet and the M&M's won't stick or it starts to set up while you are making the flowers, you can always pop the tray back in the oven for a minute to soften the chocolate again. PRO TIP: Make sure the "M" on the M&M's is turned upside down so it isn't seen.
- Let them sit for about 20 minutes for the white chocolate to reharden then enjoy!
If you just want to make a few of these flower pretzel bites at a time, you can make them in the microwave. Remember though that microwaves can vary and white chocolate can go from solid to liquid in a matter of seconds, which is why I generally prefer making these in the oven.
Just arrange 8-10 pretzels and white chocolate wafers on a plate lined with a piece of parchment paper. Microwave for about 45-60 seconds-ish, just until the white chocolate starts to soften and melt but isn't melted all the way. Remove and decorate with M&M's.
Ideas for sharing flower pretzel bites
- Treat bags! Wrap up a few of the pretzel flowers in small cellophane treat bags tied with ribbon to give to friends for May Day or to moms, aunts, teachers, babysitters, and any other woman in your life for Mother's Day! Just be sure to snag extra bags of the pastel M&M's around Easter to have them on hand!
- Bouquets! Once the white chocolate has set and the M&M's are firmly stuck in place, you can turn the pretzel bites over and use some additional melted white chocolate to "glue" candy sticks in place to turn these into pretzel pops that you can arrange in a styrofoam block to look like a garden of flowers or use to make a pretzel bouquet.
- Popcorn Mix! Create an easy, custom popcorn mix by throwing some flower pretzels together with popped kettle corn or plain popcorn, some dry roasted almonds, and Easter candy corn!
More recipes that are fun to make in Spring
- Layered Rainbow Jello
- Raspberry Butter
- Fresh Strawberry Pie
- Chocolate Covered Strawberries
- Lemon Pineapple Jello
- Raspberry Chocolate Chunk Cookies
- Strawberry Milk
- Pistachio Macarons
- Petit Fours
- Funfetti Whoopie Pies
- Popcorn Balls
Flower Pretzel Bites
- 1 bag pretzel snaps
- 1 bag Ghiradelli white chocolate melting wafers
- 2 bags milk chocolate Easter M&M's
- Preheat oven to 225 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat. I like a silicone baking mat for these because it is a little grippy and helps the pretzels not slide about as much. Separate M&M's into individual colors in bowls.
- Arrange pretzel snaps in rows about 5-6 across. Don't squish them too tight as you want some space to work when placing the M&M's later without worrying about touching the other flowers next to it.
- Place one white chocolate melting wafer in the center of each pretzel snap.
- Put the pretzels and white chocolate in the oven for 2-3 minutes, just until the white chocolate is barely melted.
- Remove from the oven and immediately arrange M&M's on each pretzel, pressing one color of M&M in for the center of the flower and 6 others in a contrasting color for the petals around the edges. Let sit for about 20 minutes until the white chocolate solidifies and holds the M&M's in place.